IFC Officers

ELECTED OFFICERS

PRESIDENT - Henry Golas

Henry was born in Toronto Canada.The printing and publishing industry dominated his working life for 43 years starting out as a film stripper and ending up as a print production coordinator.In Canada he spent most of his free time doing volunteer work. I chaired the Outreach and Action committee at my local church where we supplied food, milk and emergency funds to families in need.As a volunteer teacher, he taught ESL to new Canadian adults. He enjoys reading mystery novels especially from the 1930's and 40's.After retirement, he moved to PV full time in 2013.

VICE PRESIDENT - Dan Grippo

A native of Illinois, Dan has enjoyed a long career in publishing as a writer, editor, marketing director, and publisher. He began studying Spanish and visited Mexico for the first time in 1980 and immediately was captivated by the nation’s people, culture, language, and traditions. Many more visits followed, as well as years of academic study and research trips that led to a Ph.D. in Latin American history. Dan moved to Mexico in 2001 and has lived in Puerto Vallarta for most of that time. His interests include meditation, tennis, yoga, theater, music, books, world religions, and lively conversation on whatever topic! He invites ideas and suggestions for the IFC.

INTERIM TREASURER - Rod Rork

   

INTERIM SECRETARY - Maggie Studer

   

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY - Ann Yusaitis

Originally from New Jersey, Ann now lives in Vallarta full time. Before moving here six years ago, she worked at a University for 35 years as a Counselor in the "Psychological Counseling Center,"  a job that she loved.  She was also an Advisor to the Ski Club, where, for many years, she accompanied hundreds of students on ski trips in the United States and Europe. Leaving the ice and snow behind, she enjoys being a docent on the IFC Home Tours, trying new restaurants with friends and in general, appreciating all that Vallarta has to offer.

Director - Facilities Management - Fred Forbes

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Fred took Business Administration in school, and worked in several management positions. He owned and operated several companies over the last 45 years including a successful retail business for the past 27 years.
He has been a pro car racer, entertainment promoter, motorcycle enthusiast, has raised Quarter Horses, and enjoys life with family and friends.
His first trip to PV was in 1999, and was invited to a show at the IFC and joined the club the same evening.
Fred and his lovely wife Clara Lee have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

DIRECTOR - Internet Services - T. J. Hartung

Before retiring to PV, T.J. lived in California where he designed computers and wrote computer software to manage hotels. Here in PV, he is on the board of directors of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and is President of the Vallarta Orchid Society.
He became a Mexican citizen about 10 years ago.
   

ADVISORY COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

BAR & FACILITIES - Fred Forbes 

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Fred took Business Administration in school, and worked in several management positions. He owned and operated several companies over the last 45 years including a successful retail business for the past 27 years.
He has been a pro car racer, entertainment promoter, motorcycle enthusiast, has raised Quarter Horses, and enjoys life with family and friends.
His first trip to PV was in 1999, and was invited to a show at the IFC and joined the club the same evening.
Fred and his lovely wife Clara Lee have 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

COMMUNITY SERVICES - Susan Davolos

Susan is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience in pediatrics and neonatology at CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OAKLAND, California. She started as an LVN in 1978 and furthered her education to become an RN in 1984, earning an Associate Degree in Science.

Susan has been a part of the cleft palate program  since 2001, assisting coordinator PATRICIA MENDEZ , with whatever the need.

Currently, Susan works to help out the community of Puerto Vallarta as chairperson of COMMUNITY SERVICES.  Pedro and Susan have been married over 20 years and reside in EL PITILLAL

EDUCATION - Henry Golas

Henry was born in Toronto Canada.The printing and publishing industry dominated his working life for 43 years starting out as a film stripper and ending up as a print production coordinator.In Canada he spent most of his free time doing volunteer work. I chaired the Outreach and Action committee at my local church where we supplied food, milk and emergency funds to families in need.As a volunteer teacher, he taught ESL to new Canadian adults. He enjoys reading mystery novels especially from the 1930's and 40's.After retirement, he moved to PV full time in 2013.

EVENTS - Janie Blank (co-chair)

I started out as an English major but ended up with a Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Accounting from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio.  But the combination served me well in my career as a healthcare consultant.  I could do financial analyses and then turn that into some pretty impressive reports.  I have been retired for a few years and we now spend January through April each year in beautiful, sunny and warm Puerto Vallarta. The remainder of the year is split between a lake house and a downtown loft in Columbus, Ohio.
My husband and I have two grown daughters and a son-in-law who all live in Chicago and the light of our life, our first grandchild, Hazel who just turned one.

EVENTS -  - Mandy Macleay (co-chair)

Mandy has served as IFC President and is continuing to support the IFC with her experience and knowhow. She was born and raised in Montreal; Qc. Canada in a French culture environment, English became her second language only in adulthood. She had great parents and had a great childhood full of happy memories. Mandy was educated, married, worked and also raised a son in Montreal. She and Angus are now the proud grand-parents of two wonderful grand-children who live close to them in Montreal. She worked as an Accountant Manager and consultant for different national institutions.  In her free time she also volunteered at various non-profit organizations sitting on their board as either Treasurer or President. For the last 12 years her husband, Angus, and Mandy have been dividing their time between Puerto Vallarta and Montreal. When they retired, they wanted to spend more time in the sun. Not being a beach lover (too many freckles already) she found out that the IFC was offering some Spanish classes and much more. She became interested in what the Club was offering. Their Treasurer, Al Badner, suggested that Mandy volunteer on the board, and she has ever since. Mandy enjoys the energy, companionship and generosity of the people. She finds that through IFC activities; social, cultural and humanitarian, we can make a change in the life of a child born with a Cleft Palate and have done so for more than 20 years. Mandy is proud and feels blessed for the opportunity to work for such a worthwhile organization.

TOURS - Ann Boughn (co-chair)

I was a Family Nurse Practitioner in Oregon for 30 years. During that time I was also involved in the Citizens Review Board which reviewed the Case Plan for Children in Foster Care every 6 months. One of my proudest roles was to raise 3 amazing children, whom I put through college from the income made off of my Llama Ranch. I also helped manage a medical practice and a remodeling business during those years. I have 5 grandsons and will have my 1st granddaughter in September 2015.

TOURS - Conrad Kostelecky & Hank Muffett (co-chairs)

Conrad and Hank join us as co-chairs of the IFC Home Tours with back grounds in retail, Hospital Management, Banking and Investment Services. They have been residents of Puerto Vallarta for over 20 years. They opened their own restaurant business here in 1995 and have maintained a variety of ties with the community in the business, arts and the social benefit programs. "We love Puerto Vallarta and look forward to working with the IFC promoting the Home Tours for the benefit and betterment of the Vallarta community."

Cleft Palate - April Miton
Cleft Palate co-chair  Mary Carmen Bernal Pickup

   

MEMBERSHIP - (position open)

 

 

NEWSLETTER - T. J. Hartung 

Before retiring to PV, T.J. lived in California where he designed computers and wrote computer software to manage hotels. Here in PV, he is on the board of directors of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and is President of the Vallarta Orchid Society.
He became a Mexican citizen about 10 years ago.

PUBLICITY - John Warren 

John and his wife, Barbara, have been visiting Puerto Vallarta during the winter every year since 2005 and have been members of IFC since 2007. Emigrating from England in 1963, John worked as a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner in both Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta. Travel has always been a vital part of John’s life. He has hitch-hiked around Europe, played table-tennis in Katmandu, ridden elephants in India and camped in the mountains of New Zealand. He has volunteered for the University of Lethbridge, Outward Bound, Canadian Cancer Society and Dying With Dignity Canada.